Carice Van Houten and Stephen Dillane Join GAME OF THRONES

     July 19, 2011


New casting has been announced for the second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones.  EW reports that Carice Van Houten (Black Book) and Stephen Dillane (John Adams) will play the sorceress Melisandre and Stannis Barantheon, respectively.  Per EW, Melissandre is a “powerful woman” who councils Stannis in his quest to take the Iron Throne.  Badass Digest helpfully adds, “Melisandre comes from Asshai, a mysterious Eastern kingdom where magic still rules, and she is the prophet of a new, monotheistic religion that she seeks to bring to Westeros.”  As for Stannis, EW describes the former king’s older brother as “humorless and authoritative, with a strict moral code” but “gradually succumbing to the power of his newfound religion.”  I don’t know how well-suited each actor is for their role since I haven’t read the books, but I do know that I liked Van Houten and Dillane in Black Book and John Adams, respectively.

The second season of Game of Thrones will premiere in spring 2012.

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  • Six Dixon

    Stannis is Robert’s younger brother, not older.

  • Stinky

    Stannis is the oldest Barantheon brother. That’s why Ned sent out the decree that the Iron Throne was rightfully his.

    Robert is in the middle. Renly is the youngest.

    Great casting, once again.

    Van Houten is going to look good with the new hairdo. Fiery red mane. Crazy eyes. Scary lady.

    Bring season 2!

  • DJ

    im almost through reading the second book and it picks up right where the first season left off and it doesnt dissapoint im very excited for the new season this series is AMAZING!

  • DJ

    I’m awesome!!!!

  • Busty

    Stannis is the younger brother (not the older) of King Robert and older brother of Renly Baratheon. After Robert died, the Iron Throne rightfully passed to him.

    Read the books. They’re better.

    • nocurefordumb

      what do you mean ‘better’? The first season was nearly identical to the book…except for very minor details, and names most wont care about.

      • TheKhal

        I would say ‘better’ in the since that almost all books are ‘better’ than their TV or movie adaptations. That’s just because books usually have more ‘time’ for content and more details, which is always nice if the story is good. If you’re a fan, you always want more of a good thing!

        Not to say that the HBO show isn’t excellent…which it is, and a very accurate adaptation. I was already a fan, already had read all the books before the show came out, and was very excited and impressed with what HBO did. (I actually met David Benioff, co-exec producer and writer for the series, at a news station about 3 years ago. He was there to promote a book he wrote and he saw me reading one of the Martin (author of A Game of Thrones) books and told me he was working on the screenplay for HBO, but it wasn’t green-lighted yet).The mediums are different, that’s all, and with a book your ‘budget’ is unlimited and the medium is your reader’s imagination. With TV and Film, the budget is set by producers or a studio, and what you see is the vision of the director’s imagination. And usually much content has to be cut just to make it fit in a movie or show. One can inspire the other, but they are two very different ways of storytelling.

        Which is why I’m glad Martin decided to pass on previous movie offers and take HBO’s offer to make this a series. Can you imagine trying to squeeze book 1 into a 2 hour movie? In short, it would suck b/c you would have to cut out so much, whole characters and stories that might end up being important later on. With 10 hours, they were able to keep it a lot more true to the book.

        I usually tell people that if you like the show, you’ll like the books too, because you’ll get all the drama, intrigue and great characters you love from the show, and more of it.

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